Statement Of Faith

 

The Bible

The Bible, or holy scriptures, as consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments in its original form is the inspired and infallible word of God to mankind. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin, how to live holy and contented lives in God’s favour, and is the standard by which all Christian behaviour is measured.  [2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 2:13, Psalm 119:105, Luke 24:27, etc.]

 

The Trinity

God exists as three persons, but is one being with a single divine nature:

God the Father the supreme spiritual being, creator and sustainer of heaven and earth. He is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere at once), and is in control of all things. [John 4:24, Genesis 1:1, Colossians 1:16-17, Matthew 6:9, Revelation 19:6, Hebrews 4:13, Psalm 139:7-10, Acts 17:24-28, etc.]

God the Son the Lord Jesus Christ the eternal Son of God, who according to the plan and purpose of God came into the world conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, taught us about God, and gave himself as a once and for ever sacrifice for the sin of mankind, then arose from the dead, ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father where He intercedes for the for those who believe. He is the only Saviour and mediator between God and mankind. [John 17:5, Romans 5:8, John 3:16, Matthew 1:18, Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 10:12, Matthew 28:6, Romans 8:34, Acts 4:12, Hebrews 4:14-16, etc.]

God the Holy Spirit  sent from the Father by the Son to convict mankind of sin, to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ, to baptize them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory and to empower them for witness and service. [John 14:16-17, John 16:7-14, 1 Corinthians 2:9-12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Acts 1:8, etc.]

 

Mankind

Mankind was created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him but the first man Adam sinned by disobeying God. As a consequence he brought upon himself and all mankind the penalty for sin which is spiritual and physical death. Our sin condemns us to spiritual separation from God now and banishment from His presence for eternity in hell. As it is not the will of God that any should perish He has provided a way of reconciling sinful mankind to Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. [Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:7, Genesis 3:8-13, Romans 5:12, Isaiah 59:2, Matthew23:33, Matthew 25:41, Romans 6:23, 2 Peter 3:9, Matthew 18:14, John 3:16, John 3:36, etc.]

 

Satan

Satan is the great enemy of God and mankind; a deceiver who enticed the first man to sin and has continued influencing mankind to reject God and do evil ever since. He is an invisible spirit and a very real presence in the world today; whose wickedness is limited only by God’s sovereign will and judgment. Satan and his followers are destined to eternal punishment in hell. [Genesis 3:1-6, Job 1:6-12, Revelation 12:9, Matthew 25:41, etc.]

 

Salvation

A person is saved by God’s grace alone, by faith alone, through Christ alone. Nothing in any person or works done by them can earn salvation; it is the gift of God. All the work has been done. [Romans 1:16-17, Acts 4:12, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9, etc.]

Salvation means to be saved from the penalty of sin which is spiritual death. Though our sin condemned us to spiritual separation from God now, and banishment from His presence for eternity in hell, God’s gracious plan of salvation reverses everything: Whoever receives Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour is spiritually restored to God immediately and will continue in God’s blessing and fellowship now, then for eternity in heaven. [Romans 6:23, Matthew 25:31-46, John 3:16, John 3:36, John14:2, 1 Corinthians 2:9, etc.]

To receive God’s gift of salvation all we must do is follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit: by faith to recognise our hopeless state due to sin, realise our need to be reconciled to God, to acknowledge that Jesus died for our sin on the cross, to repent of sin, and receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. When this occurs we are regenerated by the power of God through the Holy Spirit and a new life in Christ begins. [Mark 1:15, John 3:16, John 14:6, John 1:12-13, John 3:3, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 John 3:9, etc.]

 

The Great Commission

Jesus commissioned the church (all true believers) to go into the world and share the good news of the gospel; to teach and to make disciples of every nation baptising them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. [Matthew 28:19, etc.]